[Tagging] noexit=yes on ways ? (a typical OSM story)

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Fri Apr 11 15:14:11 UTC 2014

This thread is unbelievable. I just goes on and on, endlessly discussing
something that was crystal clear from the moment I first saw that tag. It
is quite obvious that the people who use the tag for ways either did not
read the Wiki or misinterpreted the use of the tag (as we've discussed *ad
nauseum*) and tagged ways because they thought there should be a warning,
like a sign, at the start of the dead-end way rather than at the end.

I don't know about QA tools but for me, it means I do not have to do any
more investigation of that highway — it ends where the NODE IS TAGGED with
noexit. The end node that's tagged is the last one — the drawing of the way
stops there. What other "end" is there?

Thanks for the clarification of the Wiki, whomever did it. I'm quite clear
about how the use the tag.

I was hoping this thread would die on its own but now I'm getting worried
it will live on for another month.

Sorry for the rant.


On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM, Pieren <pieren3 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM, André Pirard <A.Pirard.Papou at gmail.com>wrote:
>> What, in tagging a way, indicates on which end of it is the dead end?  (I
>> asked that already).
> omg, all "ends" (last node) not connected to another highway are surely
> dead ends when the tag is present :-))
> (and the tag is confirming that we are not a "mapping to be continued"
> case)
>> What does happen when the way is split or unsplit?
> Well, if the tag is present when both ends are connected (e.g. after a
> split), then it's a bit strange but it's not harmful. Routers ignore this
> tag anyway. And QA tools are only checking the case where the last node is
> not connected (and nearby another highway).
>> Will a normal contributor understand what he's dealing with if he sees
>> noexit on what he splits?
> I think most of the contributors should not care about this tag. Only
> people using QA tools supporting the tag for false positive would really
> use it (like OSMI, routing view). But if the average contributor use it in
> their cul-de-sac, why not. He's just informing next contributors that "it's
> not an incompleted highway but really a cul-de-sac".
>> In fact, is it "the way" or is it "the highway"? Just a segment or more
>> and up to where?
> It's all about highway ways. (If it's connected to a building way, you
> could add a "building=entrance" on the connection node I guess)
> Pieren
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Dave Swarthout
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